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Slum of Legs [Splurge, 2020]
From the LGBT-friendly seaside haven of Brighton, this "queer, feminist, noise-pop" sextet has been around for almost a decade, with this 2020 album their only longform to show for it. Fortunately, thrillingly, it never quits. If you're put off by news of a six-minute opener called "Benetint and Malevolence," which I'm here to report takes off pretty quick, have faith. The title track will be right along, with hoarse, loud, violin-sawing Tamsin Chapman announcing: "We are a superstructure/Spiked with glass/We are a fur-lined rupture/A clatter mass." Sometimes they're harsh, sometimes almost choral. Always Chapman is the fearless leader. Cleansing and declamatory, a doozy and a hoot. A